'The Midnight Club' on Netflix: Jump scares and a spooky manor stand out in limited series with new faces
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'The Midnight Club' on Netflix is the perfect way to set your mood for Halloween. Mike Flanagan, who has been creating one fabulous horror story after another, yet again proves himself a master of the genre with the series. 'The Midnight Club' is based on the work of Christopher Pike but with a few twists and turns, just as Flanagan promised in his tweet. Along with Flanagan, Leah Fong is one of the creators of this amazing limited series.
Besides co-writing the series, Flanagan has also helped helm the first two episodes. Michael Fimognari, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour,
Axelle Carolyn, Viet Nguyen, and Morgan Beggs are the other episodical directors. The series is based on eight terminally ill teenage patients, all played by new but stellar actors.
Flanagan has a reputation for astounding storylines and 'The Midnight Club' is no different. The series is set in a manor, which is actually a hospice with a mysterious history where eight members of the Midnight Club meet every midnight to tell sinister stories - and to look for signs from the beyond. From the jumpscares to the eerie music, this new Flanagan outing has it all.
With a beautiful friendship between the eight kids at its center, the story shows us how they hold on to every glimmer of hope despite their fate having already been written. Each episode has one of these children telling their story in an imaginative manner, alongside the crazy stuff unfolding at the manor. The children only have each other to vent to, more or less.
Despite featuring relatively new faces, 'The Midnight Club' does a stellar job of portraying its unique characters. The new actors - Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa, and Sauriyan Sapkota - all do justice to their characters. The series also stars Matt Biedel, and Samantha Sloyan, along with Zach Gilford and Heather Langenkamp, who is marvelous as always.
The series also showcases a spooky yet beautiful manor with breathtaking corridors - an inevitable part of this "Flanaverse". All in all, the series is definitely binge-worthy as it will keep you on the edge of your seats most of the time. However, if you plan on watching it alone at night, make sure to keep the lights on.
'The Midnight Club' has ten one-hour episodes and premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 7, to give you chills just in time for Halloween.